DAMASCUS, SYRIA (10:35 P.M.) – Over the past 24 hours, a large Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) fighting force has swarmed the last three ISIS-controlled villages in northeastern Hama, looking to defeat rival jihadists and prevent the Islamic State from infiltrating the Al-Qaeda heartland in neighboring Idlib Province.
With heavy clashes unfolding as we speak, HTS expelled a small garrison of Islamic State fighters from the hill known as ‘Tall Hajilah’ on Wednesday morning, effectively establishing fire control over the ISIS-held villages of Aniq, Tutah and Hajilah.
Pictures of the operation can be found here:
A map was also released by HTS today showing the current frontline situation in the embattled region. The dark black color represents the last ISIS pocket, the green and blue colors show opposition (HTS) controlled areas while the red color represents territory controlled by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA):
Meanwhile, HTS jihadists and SAA troops continue to trade blows in northeastern Hama as well with a couple nearby towns changing hands three times in the past 72 hours alone.